Fredericton Region Solid Waste has partnered with North American-wide Call2Recycle in an effort to keep batteries of household garbage and the landfill.
There are almost two dozen Call2Recycle locations now in FRSW’s region. For further information, view www.frswc.ca under Education tab or visit www.call2recycle.ca
The idea behind joining forces with Call2Recycle was an initiative to keep common household batteries and lithium batteries from technology devices and power tools from entering the garbage stream.
The landfill has been the scene of three fires over the past seven years and FRSW General Manager Gordon Wilson said the idea to keep batteries out of the stream is a constructive and progressive move.
Finding an international company that already handles disposed batteries was a major influence in connecting with Call2Recycle.
‘Taking proper care of battery disposal has been a key mission for FRSW in an effort to ensure we re-direct as many of them as we can from arriving here in trucks or as regular everyday customer garbage,’ said Wilson. ‘We tend to think of AA or AAA batteries, but it’s the lithium brands that we are most concerned about. We have been very pleased with existing businesses in our coverage area for already being a part of Call2Recycle, but it has been a major step forward in FRSW helping the company bring on more business outlets. The response has been very good by retailers in our region. We would like to see even more jump on board Call2Recycle’s program.’
Founded in 1994, Call2Recycle – North America’s first and largest battery stewardship program is a non-profit organization that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses and consumers. Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted more than 39-million kilograms of batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established over 34,000 collection sites throughout Canada and the United States. It is the first program of its kind to receive the Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2) certification.
FRSW operates a landfill as one of five lines of business which also includes recycling, construction and demolition, household hazardous waste and a landfill gas utilization plant.